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So, after seeing the release of Abobo's Big Adventure, and playing it for a bit, I found it to be a very acceptable game, entertaining, yet very limited in what you could do (as far as the first level goes that is). Then I just decided to stop, because, to be honest, I wasn't really having much fun, since what really started to annoy me was the fact that no manner how much you punched an enemy, he could just as easily punch you back.
Now to my real point: the whole nostalgia factor behind it.
Its the year 2012, right know we have three big console contender (plus the PC!), the Xbox 360, Wii and Play Station 3, and so far they are doing great (all of them have sold over 50 million units, the wii closest to 100 million, if wikipedia is to be believed), each with God knows how many games, and the number keep growing and growing.
Yet, a good chunk of those games are just average, and alarming number is bad, and the great games are few, this I know not only from my own experience, but also from all those sites that keep bitching and moaning about it.
So because of this, many look back, and wish we went back to the NES and SNES era, were games were challenging, gratifying, and most importantly, fun, and really, I could understand that.
What I cannot understand is the fact that many believe that was the greatest generation, that from there gaming slowly went to crap.
First off, that sentiment if fueled by the fact that the adults of today that claim this, were little kids during it, so they saw life around them with different, more innocent eyes, not unlike today, were they do see the reality of all. So their opinion is very biased.
The difficulty part? I really never understood it, sure, its gratifying once you pass a very hard part of a game, but is the process really worth it? All that rage, that frustration, fuck, that stress you feel during it, that keep on growing and growing each time you fail, specially bad if you are an addict? Might as well be a masochist then. Back when I was a child, I never had a console of my own (up until I was 11), but my mom kept borrowing NES from friend, so we could play together, along with my sister and uncles, and all I remember playing is duck hunt (God dammed zapper broke the TV) and contra, and I only remember the last one because I got so angry at times, my mom had to calm me down, until we all agreed it was best that I didn't touch the damn thing, and instead go out and play real games outside with my friends.
So, you might be saying "you don't understand because you weren't suited for them" and that maybe true, yet when I finally had a console of my own, a PS1, back in 2001, I really enjoyed the damn thing, not only by myself, but with friends and family. I remember most playing medal of honor underground (love it, but never beat it) , Syphon Filter 3 (same thing), all the Crash games (beat them all!) and Nascar Rumble (my all time favorite).
Then I got and Xbox, back in 2005, and holy shit, I remember being blown away by the graphics and the games, specially with GTA Vice City (the first game I ever played on that one), Halo 2, NFS Underground, and many more. Plus, 2 of my friends had a gamecube, so we all also played mostly SMBM (To this day I still consider it superior to brawl) Mario kart and sometimes the Mario party series, it was so damn fun. Another one had an Xbox, so we did the same with Halo one mostly. For me, that time was the best gaming experience of my life.
Then we all went to college, and that time I finally got myself a Xbox 360, back in 2008, and you know, even though I found it just as fun as the last consoles, I have never enjoyed as much as I did with my Xbox, nor I have with my friends Wiis, since, to be honest, we barely get together to play as we did back in school, since we are scattered all over the country (heck, I left to Venezuela!), and you might be saying "why don't do it online?" and the answer is simple: Its not the same, and it never will. Laughing with your friends when one of us lost, rage at them after a very humiliating defeated, just to forget about it moments after, talk about stuff while playing, and so on, online communication can never be like that.
So, we are back to nostalgia, and I believe this is why you guys look back at those games the way you to: Its because the awesome times you enjoyed while playing them, not only by yourself, but with your childhood friends, during a time when life seemed to be in its brightest. You just simply don't realize that.
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